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International Women's Day in Pictures: Protests, Celebrations

- Common Dreams staff

International Women's Day is being marked across the globe with political protest as well as celebration.

What are you doing today for International Women's Day?

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A woman rushes to another laying on the ground after she was hit by a water cannon used by Israeli troops to disperse a rally marking International Women's Day and calling for the release of a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike for 22 days, at the Kalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Palestinians demanding the release of a hunger-striking detainee have clashed with Israeli troops at a West Bank crossing into Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Women shout slogans against the Egyptian military council before marching with other women to mark International Women's Day in Cairo March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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Supporters gather at the Millennium Bridge in London, for Join Me on the Bridge 2012; the world's largest women's rights campaign on International Women's Day, March 8, 2012.

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THUMBS DOWN: Women in the House gallery in Concord, N.H., showed their displeasure as New Hampshire’s Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to allow employers with religious objections to exclude contraceptive coverage from their health plans. The House voted 196-150 to send the bill to the Senate. (Jim Cole/Associated Press)

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South Korean female workers shout slogans during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 8, 2012. The letters read "Preserve a living wage and hire more temporary employees."

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Members of the Left Party faction applaud during a meeting of the German Federal Parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 8, 2012. The Left Party sent only women wearing a purple scarf to the debate about women's equality in Germany on today's International Women's Day.

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Palestinian women take part in a rally to mark International Women's Day and to show their solidarity with female Palestinian detainee Hana Shalabi, who is on hunger strike, at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

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Hasina, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they mark International Women's Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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Some 1,000 female workers stage a rally to mark International Women's Day in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

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Participants hold placards as they take part in a rally to mark the 102nd International Women's Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Rajendra Chitrakar

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Cambodian squatters from a community hold a rally to mark International Women's Day in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

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A woman writes ' I dont need your help, just assume your responsibility' during the International Women's Day in Sevilla, Spain on March 8, 2012. The writing reads 'Liberty, Dignity'. (Photo/Cristina Quicler/AFP)

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Thousands of people from the women's group Gabriela marched as they marked International Women's Day with protests outside the presidential palace in Manila, Phillipines, March 8, 2012. The protesters demonstrated against the recent increase in gasoline prices and other oil products, which they said was due to the government's inability to control pump prices of oil, and demanded a repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law, according to a statement from the organization. The banner reads, "Fight the increase and overpricing of oil prices! End the connivance of the Aquino regime and oil cartel!" REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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Natyavathi (center), India's first female train driver, drives a Mathrubhoomi Ladies Special train in Hyderabad on Thursday, International Women's Day. UN women leaders called for greater equality between the sexes amid demonstrations and marches for female rights. (AFP Photo/Noah Seelam)

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Iraqi students wearing traditional Kurdish clothing elebrate International Women's Day in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil Thursday. UN women leaders on Thursday called for greater equality between the sexes amid demonstrations and marches for female rights. (AFP Photo/Safin Hamed)

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Activists run away from a stun grenade fired by Israeli troops to disperse a rally marking International Women's Day and calling for the release of Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi, who has gone without food for 22 days, at the Kalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Palestinians demanding the release of a hunger-striking detainee have clashed with Israeli troops at a West Bank crossing into Jerusalem.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Female workers hold signs as they gather to mark International Women's Day outside the United Nations building in Bangkok March 8, 2012. Thousands of Thai female workers staged a rally from the United Nations building to the Government House calling for better employment conditions and equal rights. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

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Members of the Women for Rights organization shout slogans during a protest against the cost of living and violence against women in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 8, 2012. The protest was held to mark International Women's Day.

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